Sara Horowitz founded Working Today, the progenitor of Freelancers Union, in 1995, to represent the needs and concerns of America’s growing freelance workforce. In recognition of her efforts to create a self-sustaining organization of flexible workers, Horowitz was awarded a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation "Genius Award" Fellowship in 1999. Before founding Freelancers Union, Horowitz worked as a labor attorney, a union organizer, and a public defender in New York City. A lifelong resident of Brooklyn, she holds degrees from Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, SUNY Buffalo Law School, and Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government. As executive director of Freelancers Union, Horowitz takes an entrepreneurial approach, pursuing creative, market-based solutions to pressing social problems. In 1996, the Stern Family Fund named her a Public Interest Pioneer, and she was also an Echoing Green fellow for four years. In 2002, Horowitz was named as one of Esquire magazine's Fifty Best & Brightest. In 2004, 2006, and 2007, Working Today - Freelancers Union was recognized as a leading social entrepreneur by Fast Company magazine.